The Best Moses Basket of 2021 For All Baby’s Sleeping Needs!

By  Paula McLaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH | Updated - 30 March 2021

We have reviewed a bunch of moses baby baskets for a variety of babies, both in the UK and USA. And here are our top picks for the best moses baskets for all your sleeping baby needs!

What are the best Moses Baskets to buy?

There are a HUGE range of sleep options for babies on the market, but a very versatile, affordable and beautiful option is a baby moses basket.

Please note that the UK, EU and USA have different safety regulations around baby sleep products and as a result, we have included a suitable option that is specific to each country and their safety standards below!

Best Moses Baskets: Our Top UK Pick

Stand Included? No, but you can purchase a stand separately from the The Little Green Sheep Company.

Mattress Included? Yes

The Little Green Sheep Natural Knitted Moses Basket

What is it? A beautiful, all natural moses basket.

Why do I recommend it? This beautiful moses basket is made from strong natural palm leaves and comes with a chemical-free Little Green Sheep mattress that is hypoallergenic and temperature regulating. The pretty lining is made from organic cotton. You also have the option to purchase a waterproof mattress cover and a choice of lovely organic cotton fitted sheets from The Little Green Sheep range.

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Best Moses Baskets: Our Top USA Pick

Stand Included? Yes

Mattress Included? Yes

Simmons Kids Deluxe Moses Bedside Bassinet

What is it? A versatile moses basket that comes with a lot of extras. 

Why do I recommend it? This has the joy of being a portable moses basket and bassinet in one. With wheels to easily move around and handy under crib storage it is a very versatile baby basket. This basket comes with the added benefit of an attached electronic pod that plays peaceful music, emits gentle vibrations and features a soft glow night light too. It also has two handy hanging toys attached to the canopy to stimulate your little one’s visual senses when they wake.

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Best Moses Basket For Travel - UK

Stand Included? Yes

Mattress Included? Yes

Inovi Cocoon Folding Moses Crib Travel Cot

What is it? A compact, attractive and lightweight travel baby moses basket with mesh sides for good airflow and great portability.

Why do I recommend it? This is a very attractive travel basket that comes with a removable mesh cover to protect your baby from insects or curious pets. The frame weighs a mere 3.7kg making it light and easy to transport. The baby basket also comes with the added benefit of a handy carry bag that is small enough to be taken on an aeroplane as hand luggage.

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Best Moses Basket For Travel - USA

Stand Included? Yes

Mattress Included? Yes

Delta Children EZ Fold Ultra Compact Travel Bedside Bassinet 

What is it? A fold & go travel baby moses basket with travel bag and mesh sides for good airflow and great portability.

Why do I recommend it? This easy to handle travel bassinet has a removable mesh canopy to keep out insects and curious pets. This portable baby basket is easy to assemble and collapse, light to carry and comes with a waterproof mattress and mattress cover.

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Best Moses Baskets Stand - UK

Clair de Lune Deluxe Rocking Moses Basket Stand

What is it? A sturdy wooden rocking stand for Moses baskets that comes is a choice of colours.

Why do I recommend it? This wooden rocking stand has adjustable straps to fit your choice of standard moses basket.

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Best Moses Baskets Stand - USA

Jolly Jumper Moses Basket Rocking Stand

What is it? A sturdy hardwood frame that fits most baby moses baskets.

Why do I recommend it? This attractive, lightweight rocking frame fits most moses baskets and is ideal if you have purchased a basket that does not come with a stand.

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NOTE

Please ensure any stand you purchase fits your make and model of Moses Basket, as not all baskets are made equal.

Best Moses Basket Mattress - UK

ClevaMama ClevaFoam Pram & Moses Basket Mattress

What is it? A hypoallergenic 100% breathable moses basket mattress.

Why do I recommend it? It is made with ClevaFoam technology which helps to prevent flat head syndrome. It also supports your baby by keeping the spine of your newborn in alignment and relieving pressure on young developing joints. This great mattress is breathable, hypoallergenic and is made of certified non-toxic fabric which draws away moisture and increases airflow. And if that was not enough, it has a removable machine washable cover too!

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Best Moses Basket Mattress - USA

Big Oshi Waterproof Oval Baby Bassinet Mattress 

What is it? A thick but firm, breathable foam moses basket or bassinet mattress.

Why do I recommend it? This mattress is fully waterproof and easy to clean. An ideal choice for a young baby!

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NOTE

Please ensure this mattress fits your make and model of Moses Basket, as not all baskets are made equal. Also ensure any mattress you buy confirms to your country's safety standards.

Are Moses Baskets SIDS Safe?

SIDS is a natural worry for all parents of newborn babies and making sure your baby is sleeping in a safe environment should be one of your most important concerns.

Moses baskets are very safe if bought with the above mentioned points in mind. Careful attention should be paid to the safety and fit of the mattress and fitted sheet and the basket should be of a good size to allow air to circulate and made from a safe breathable material. 

It is important that your baby sleeps on their back and the basket should not be cluttered up with bulky bedding so NO pillows, pads or pods.

Although most Moses Baskets come with mattresses, depending on the quality you might want to consider buying an alternative hypoallergenic mattress made from natural materials. If you are not sure about sizing, some manufacturers offer a made to measure service. 

As I always say, you should also ensure that your mattress complies with your country’s current safety standards (such as British Standard BS EN 1466:2014 for the UK)

As a final note of reassurance, The American Academy of Pediatrics includes Moses baskets as a safe sleep product that protect against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

What Should I Look For When Buying A Moses Basket?

When choosing your ideal baby basket, you will need to consider a variety of things from airflow, materials, size, optional extras to name but a few. Here is a list of my TOP recommendations to look for and be aware of when buying your baby basket:

  • Make sure they are made from a breathable material like knitted palm leaf or have mesh sides.
  • Make sure they come with, or buy a suitable well fitting mattress that is no thinner than 5cm (2 inches)
  • Ensure it will fit into a safe, sturdy stand it does not come with one.
  • Long sturdy handles that meet in the middle for carrying and that flop down outside the basket when put down.
  • Conforms to your country's safety standards.

How long do Moses Baskets last for?

It is important that you only use your Moses Basket for as long as your baby can fit comfortably and is not able to roll, push themselves up on their hands or sit. In addition, for most baskets there is an advised weight limit of no more than 9 Kgs (20 Lbs) in weight.

Therefore, when buying a Moses Basket you should be aware that they will probably only be in use for 3-4 months and certainly no longer than six months maximum.

Moses baskets can, however, be used as storage for toys once your little one has outgrown them and you can then use them a second or third time around.

The size of the basket you buy will depend on how long your baby can continue to sleep in them and on your baby's development.

Can a Baby Sleep Overnight in a Moses Basket?

Newborn babies can most definitely sleep overnight in a Moses Basket as long as they are in the same room as their parents or carer.

Young babies benefit hugely from being close to you when they sleep during the first 6 months of life and a Moses Basket takes up very little space and can easily be positioned next to your bed.

How should a newborn sleep in a Moses Basket?

Regardless of whether it is a day time nap or going down for bed after your bedtime routine... Putting your baby to sleep in a Moses Basket should be no different to putting them down in a full size crib.

The Lullaby Trust says that ‘You should always place your baby on their back to sleep and not on their front or side’ no matter where they are sleeping or at what time of day.

You should, therefore, follow your usual bedtime routine - be sure to check out my Getting A Newborn To Sleep At Night post for loads of helpful sleeping tips! - and place your baby on their back, safely swaddled and in the "feet to foot" position, with their feet at the end of the Moses Basket.

The basket should not be placed near a window and the room should be of the correct temperature between 18-20℃. (64-68℉)

Do I really need a moses basket stand?

It is generally advisable to put your Moses Basket on a stand. 

You should not leave your basket or bassinet on a high flat surface such as a table or bed so I would always opt for a suitable sturdy stand if your basket does not already come with one.

It is also far easier for you if your baby is in a basket at the correct height for you to settle them and check on them.

Are Moses Baskets worth it?

The Bottom Line is YES!

If you are looking for an inexpensive crib for your newborn that does not take up much space in your bedroom that can be moved around the house easily and enables your baby to sleep anywhere, then a well made Moses Basket is a great choice and definitely worth the money.

They make your little one feel safe and secure and you can have them next to your bed for easy night time feeding. They also have the added benefit that when your baby is ready to move into a cot you can place the Moses Basket in the crib initially to get them used to the idea of sleeping there.

All in all, a baby basket is a wonderful investment and will serve you well for years to come!

Stand Included? No, but you can purchase a stand separately from the The Little Green Sheep Company.

Mattress Included? Yes

UK Top Pick: The Little Green Sheep Knitted Moses Basket

What is it? A beautiful, all natural moses basket.

Why do I recommend it? This beautiful moses basket is made from strong natural palm leaves and comes with a chemical-free Little Green Sheep mattress that is hypoallergenic and temperature regulating. The pretty lining is made from organic cotton. You also have the option to purchase a waterproof mattress cover and a choice of lovely organic cotton fitted sheets from The Little Green Sheep range.

If you click this link and make a purchase, we earn a commission at no additional cost to you.

Stand Included? Yes

Mattress Included? Yes

USA Top Pick: Simmons Kids Deluxe Moses Bedside Bassinet

What is it? A versatile moses basket that comes with a lot of extras. 

Why do I recommend it? This has the joy of being a portable moses basket and bassinet in one. With wheels to easily move around and handy under crib storage it is a very versatile baby basket. This basket comes with the added benefit of an attached electronic pod that plays peaceful music, emits gentle vibrations and features a soft glow night light too. It also has two handy hanging toys attached to the canopy to stimulate your little one’s visual senses when they wake.

If you click this link and make a purchase, we earn a commission at no additional cost to you.

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Paula McLaren is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and has been in the childcare industry as a Norland Nanny since 1982. Since then, her mission has been to help parents become the best they can possibly be. And each year, she continues to help more families understand their child's development, the trials and joys of parenting and of course, how to care for their little ones.

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